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If I Had Money: Black Fathers and Children, Child Support Debt, and Economic Security in Mississippi

Posted on February 10, 2016

“If I Had Money” explores how court-ordered child support can create barriers to building economic security for Black parents, children, and their families—especially when the court-ordered debt is owed to the government. To further investigate the economic security of Black children, teenagers, and their fathers in Mississippi, CFFPP and the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi conducted focus groups and listening sessions with Black men, women, and high school students. Several policy recommendations are suggested, all focused on making sure children have the support they need—as well as their parents and families.

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Comments on Proposed Rule for Child Support Enforcement

Posted on January 16, 2015

CFFPP comments on pending federal regulations that will affect child support enforcement programs—and children, parents and families—across the nation. The proposed rules include new requirements resulting from the Supreme Court’s Turner v. Rogers decision, as well as new options for states’ programs. Among CFFPP’s concerns are how states will actually implement requirements to consider low-income noncustodial parents’ “subsistence needs” and “actual income.”

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OCSE Guidance on the Turner v. Rogers Decision

Posted on September 17, 2012

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) issued an Action Transmittal (AT-12-01) dated June 18, 2012 that provides policy guidance to state child support agencies on the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Turner v. Rogers. The recommendations and suggestions in the Action Transmittal pertain to civil contempt proceedings in child support cases like Turner in which ability to pay is at issue.